Isamu Noguchi

22 Apr 2009 – 4 May 2009

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Wakefield, United Kingdom


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  • For West Yorkshire timetables call 0113 245 7676, for South Yorkshire timetables call 01709 515151 alternatively, visit www.wymetro.com
  • Wakefield Westgate is the nearest main line station, around 7 miles from YSP. A taxi from the station costs approx £10. London King's Cross to Wakefield takes around 2 hours.

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This critically acclaimed exhibition is the first major display in Europe of work by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) and includes monumental sculpture never previously shown outside Japan. The exhibition features major loans from the artist's home and studio collections in New York and Japan. Thunder Rock (1981), one of the largest carvings ever completed by Noguchi, weighing over fifteen tonnes and standing seven feet tall, will join the exhibition in January 2009 to make an impressive addition to the show. One of the great artists of the 20th century, Noguchi created a significant and influential body of work, including sculpture, public environmental projects and other public commissions, landscape and garden designs, and stage sets for the North American choreographer Martha Graham, as well as a collaboration with designer Charles Eames, architect and interior designer Paul László, and designer George Nelson on a catalogue of modern furniture widely considered to be the most influential of its time. Stone became Noguchi's chosen material, particularly natural boulders of hard basalt and granite. This exhibition includes an indoor and outdoor display of Noguchi's magnificent stone carvings, ranging in size from 25 tonnes to small interior works, along with ceramics, set designs, furniture, drawings, and works on paper. The Park's elegant historic landscaped gardens and terraces have been transformed by monumental stone sculptures into a space of calm and contemplation, reflecting the artist's public works and the traditional Japanese Zen gardens in which the artist found inspiration and solace. Displays in the Underground Gallery and open air are complemented by a selling exhibition of iconic Vitra licensed homeware by Isamu Noguchi, Charles and Ray Eames, Sori Yanagi, Frank Gehry, George

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